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Ohio University Majors

Media Arts and Studies Major

Program Overview

The School of Media Arts and Studies prepares well-rounded, proactive individuals to think critically, act creatively, and practice ethically in a global media society. Students have exceptional opportunities to focus in an area of specific interest (i.e., media production, media studies, media management), while also taking advantage of a broad-based curriculum that enhances long-term success. The School also provides several media-related student organizations and we strongly encourage participation in internships. These opportunities lead to important connections that foster career advancement.

With over 650 undergraduates and 20 faculty in the School of Media Arts and Studies, strong demand to join the program dictates that we have entry requirements above the university's requirements. The School of Media Arts and Studies also offers a major through the Honors Tutorial College for students with outstanding high school records.

The classroom and laboratory experiences of students are augmented by a variety of practical experiences, including work with the school's student production unit: Athens Video Works (AVWproductions.com), the All-Campus Radio Network (acrn.com), Brick City Records (brickcityrecords.com), and the three university-owned and -operated public broadcasting stations: WOUB-AM, WOUB-FM, and WOUB-TV (woub.org). Academic redit for such experiences is available.

The School maintains relationships with various professional organizations, including SIGGRAPH, the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, International Game Developers Association, the International Radio-Television Society, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the Audio Engineering Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

For admission consideration into the School of Media Arts and Studies, all applicants should meet or exceed the following minimum guidelines:

  • Class Rank: Top 40% or your High School class
  • Test Scores: ACT Composite Score of 23 or SAT 1 Combined Score of 1060

Change of Program Policy

Because the School of Media Arts and Studies sets high academic standards and limits enrollment, students from other universities or other programs and campuses at Ohio University must show strong academic performance. An accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above will be required for consideration. Currently, the School offers opportunities to apply for transfer each semester and students at Ohio University wishing to transfer into the School of Media Arts and Studies must submit the transfer application and associated materials by 5:00pm of the Friday of the 5 week of classes.  If successful, students will start our program the following semester.

External Transfer Admission

Students from other institutions outside of Ohio Univeristy must apply for transfer by visiting the Admissions website (https://www.applyweb.com/ohiou/menu.html)

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Alumni of the Media Arts and Studies program work in a variety of industries including: audio production and studio management, the Hollywood film and television community (including animation and special effects studios), the video game industry, entertainment law, media research, etc.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Communication
Code: BC5365


Scripps College of Communication
Media Arts and Studies, School of
The Schoonover Center for Communication
3rd Floor
20 E. Union St.
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4870
Fax: 740.593.9184

Administrative Contact

Drew McDaniel, Ph.D., Director
Brian Plow, M.F.A., Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

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